Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 4A: Pine Mountain Settlement School History – Creech Family
CREECH LETTERS 1911
CREECH LETTERS 1911 are correspondence written by Sally Creech, William Creech and A.E. Boggs to PMSS Co-Founder Katherine Pettit. The letters provide a look at the earliest beginnings of the Pine Mountain Settlement School when land was still being sought for the School’s future campus.
CONTENTS: Creech Letters 1911
August 25, 1911, Sally Creech in Jane, KY, to Katherine Pettit in Hindman, KY
Sally Creech responds to Miss Pettit’s letter, saying she received the lace, but not her presents. She is pleased with the flax seed. She hopes for a badly needed school and Columbus [Creech] hopes to see Miss Stone and the others back again.
November 13, 1911, A.E. Boggs in Jane, KY, to Katherine Pettit
A.E. Boggs tells K. Pettit that, according to “his” company, the site is available. The county superintendent will let K. Pettit and her staff have the control of the free school. John L. Turner & W. H. Turner will donate land. Boggs and others will visit in December to discuss the School.
November 30, 1911, Wm. Creech & Wife in Jane, KY, to Katherine Pettit in Hindman, KY
Mr. and Mrs. Creech took a train to Poor Fork to see Nancy Ann Dixon and others. He is glad that K. Pettit and others visited Mrs. Lewis and his granddaughter. Mr. Shell will help with building a school, probably by leasing land. William would like to know what they learn from Mr. Robb. He and Henry appreciate the books. Tells of a boy who wants to work his way through school.
GALLERY – Sally Creech to Katherine Pettit, August 25, 1911. [2 of 3 handwritten pages, 031-032 ; transcript 058] [IMAGE FOR PAGE 2 IS MISSING]
TRANSCRIPTION – August 25, 1911, Sally Creech to Katherine Pettit. NOTE: Text has been slightly edited for readability.
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Mrs. Sally Creech
Aug 25 1911
Miss Katherine Pettit
Dear Miss Pettit, I will now ans. your letter I rec. some days ago. Was glad to hear from you and I was glad to know that you got your lace all right. But I am sorry to inform you that I have not got my presents yet. I waited some time after I got your letter thinking that my presents would come but they have…
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…not come yet and I guess they are lost, so I hope you will pardon me for not writing sooner.
I was surely pleased with my flax seed Will try to raise some next year but I fear that I will never have the luck to see you here with us all for we would be glad to have you build the school for the people here as it is badly needed here. Tell Miss Stone and the others that Columbus [Creech]…
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…is looking for them back pretty soon as he thinks that squirrel hunting will be good this fall.
I will close for this time. Write soon.
GALLERY – November 13, 1911, A.E. Boggs to Katherine Pettit. [1 page, creech_030.jpg]TRANSCRIPTION – A.E. Boggs to Katherine Pettit, November 13, 1911. [1 handwritten page, creech_030.jpg] NOTE: Text has been slightly edited for readability.
Nov 13 1911
Jane Harlan Co Ky
My Dear Misses Pettit, I will endeavor to write you in regard to our School. I have consulted my company concerning our site for our site at the mouth of Big Larl [Big Laurel]. I wish to advise you that there is no trouble about getting the site. I also have had a talk with the county superintendent & he informs me that he will let you all have the control of the free school too. I have consulted John L. Turner & W.H. Turner about some land. Good garden land for you & W.H. Turner says he will let us have 2 house sites and the flat just across the creek from Mrs. Turner’s & John will let us have some fine land for silage & gardening & one nice site for one of your buildings right at the forks of the creek & joining Mrs. Turner’s land.
Well some of us will be at your place some time in December if no providential hinderance & we will talk more about your plan for a school.
Yours for Success
A. E. Boggs
GALLERY: Creech Letters 1911 – November 30, 1911, Wm. Creech & Wife to Katherine Pettit. [5 handwritten pages, 035-039 ; transcript 059] NOTE: Text has been slightly edited for readability.
TRANSCRIPTION – November 30, 1911, Wm. Creech & Wife to Katherine Pettit. [5 typewritten pages, 035-039 ; transcript 059] NOTE: Text has been slightly edited for readability.
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Wm. Creech & Wife
Nov 30 1911
Miss Katherine Pettit
Dear friend, I will answer your letter I received. Was glad to learn that you got home allright.
My wife and myself has just returned from a trip to Poorfork to see Miss Nancy Ann Dixon and others. We had a good time. It was Mrs Creech’s first train ride and she enjoyed it allright but she said she would rather…
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…walk so she could look about and see how much changed that the country was up Poorfork. We was so glad to learn that you all got home allright. Was glad to learn that you all had such a nice time at Mrs. Lewis’s and met our granddaughter there. Would be glad if her and her sister was over there with you this winter.
In regard to what I have learned from Mr. Shell. I saw him and he said…
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…if you would build a school over here he would help all he could. Would either lease or sell you some land. I think he would rather lease as to sell. I will be very glad to hear what you learn from Mr. Robb for I am interested in getting a school over here. I was sure glad to get the books as I think they are good. Henry has read one through and he likes it allright. Would be glad if you would come back…
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…over and spend Christmas with us all. We are all well and also Henry and his family. And hope you are all enjoying good health. i will close for this time. Write and let us hear from you all. I remain
Wm. Creech Sr.
P.S. They are a boy over here that wants a place with you all. He wants to work his way and stay four years or until he gets (over)…
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